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Former football coach sues UBC
by Alex Dimson
Former UBC assistant football coach
Noel Campbell Thorpe is suing the
university, alleging that he was
wrongfully dismissed by UBC last
In a statement of claim filed in
the BC Supreme Court last week,
Thorpe—who was defensive coordinator of the football team last season-alleges that on April 6 of this
year, Director of Athletics Robert
Philip fired him 'without any
notice" and "without just cause."
In the court documents, Thorpe
claims to have had a two-year contract with UBC, which would have
ended on November 30, 2001. As a
result, Thorpe maintains that UBC
has broken its contract with him,
and he is now suing the university
for damages.
Philip declined to comment on
the matter, but indicated that he has
yet to file his statements about the
Bruce Mason • of UBC public
affairs said that no UBC officials will
comment on the lawsuit at this time.
In addition, the statement said
that Thorpe suffered 'embarrassment and distress" because of a
press release issued by UBC on April
10 which indicated that Thorpe had
voluntarily resigned from his position with UBC Football.
Thorpe's lawyer, Milan Uzelac,
said that one of the major factors
that contributed to Thorpe's decision to file the lawsuit was media
coverage at the time of his resignation
"It was a subject matter of some
press coverage at the time...that he
was unhappy with what had taken
place and was going to pursue what
recourse he saw fit"
The court statement asserts that
current football head coach Jay
Prepchuk "published to the media
words falsely alleging that [Thorpe}
had voluntarily relinquished or quit
his said employment'
When contacted by the Ubyssey,
Prepchuk declined to comment on
the matter.
Uzelac said that he expects
Thorpe's case to be heard before the
court sometime next year.
This was not the first time that
Thorpe's name has been in the spotlight
In March 1999, Thorpe suffered
a broken nose and two broken ribs
in a fight with then UBC football
Head Coach Dave Johnston and
Assistant Coach Stu Mas! ♦
Microsoft deal?
UBC a partner in online project
 . by Alex Dimson
An international group of universities-including UBC-is on the verge
of announcing a major big-business
partnership, possibly, according to a
UBC professor, with Microsoft
Chris Robinson, the director of
the Melbourne, Australia-based
Universitas 21—an international consortium of 16 universities—told the
Ubyssey last Thursday that he expects
to announce a major deal with a company "people have definitly heard of
within two weeks,
Roger Boshier, a UBC Professor of
Adult Education who specialises in
Web learning and education, claims
that the deal will be with Microsoft—
a multi-billion dollar multinational
computer company.
According to Brochier, the
arrangement was discussed at a
meeting Universitas 21 held last
week, in Glasglow, Scotland.
The meeting was attended by at
least two UBC officials-Dean of
Education Robert Tierney and
Associate Dean of Education Jon
. Shapiro did confirm that he
attended the meeting, but declined to
comment on the nature of the meeting, referring the matter to Tierney,
who could not be reached for comment by press time.
A Microsoft spokesperson also
declined to comment on the issue,
stating it was Microsoft's policy not to
Comment on rumours.
Anita Zaekner, BC Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students,
who had not heard of the potential
Microsoft deal before contacted by
the Ubyssey, said that such an
arrangement could have a potentially
dangerous influence on university
"It also helps to develop the clear
interest multinational corporations
like Microsoft want to have in playing
. a role in higher-education,"  she
Robinson, however, said there are
more immediate threats to post-secondary institutions than the potential
dangers of corporatisation.
'Universities across the globe are •
facing the same problems, they are
receiving less money even as their
demands for enrollment go up. In
essence they are being asked to do
more, with less," he said.
Robinson added that an alliance
with a large corporation could offer
financial rewards that are "potentially quite large" and would be distributed evenly to all the member universities.
The new deal may be in addition
to, but also could replace a tentative
for-profit arrangement between
Universitas 21 and media mogul
Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp—a $40-
billion multinational corporation that
own3 newspapers and television networks around the world.
. Robinson said that while
Universitas 21 had signed a memorandum of understanding with
Newscorp in May, the contract was
not binding and the organisation has
continued to look for other arrangements. -
The agreement would have seen
Universitas 21 accredit the courses
see "Microsoft" on page 16
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Pay cheques delayed
 by Cynthia Lee
Two Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
employees are concerned about the
efficiency of UBCs payroll system
after roughly 200 UBC employees did
not receive their paycheques as
scheduled last Friday.
Scott Milne, a recent UBC graduate who currently works in the museum's design department and Helen
Orkar, an English student who is a
MOA giftshop employee, were told by
the payroll department on Friday that
they would have to wait until today to
receive their pay.
"To me that was unacceptable,"
Milne said, adding that he has
encountered similar problems in the
"I need these cheques because
I'm living paycheque to paycheque at
this point"
Jeff Garrad, the manager of UBC
Payroll, said that his department has
been facing a particularly busy period during the past two weeks because
of the huge volume of new employees
hired by the university in September.
.f, "This time of year, a large number
of students come on staff payroll," he
said, adding that this scenario occurs
at the beginning of each term.
According to Garrad, employees
like Milne and Orkar did not receive
paycheques last week because the
proper paperwork had not been submitted by MOA officials by the Tuesday deadline.
But Milne said his supervisor, the
MOA's Accounts and Shop Wholesale
Manager Salma Mawalni, had submitted the proper employment
paperwork and payroll hours in
August well before the deadline.
Orkar, who was in a similar situation, agreed.
"We're students, it's not like we
have humongous savings...You
expect your paycheque," she said.
"It's very inconvenient for them to do
But Garrad maintains that hi3
department did not receive the
paperwork that extended their
appointments, although he acknowledged that the paperwork may have
been lost or misplaced.
"People do make mistakes all over
the place, so it's not blameworthy on
anyone's part," said Garrad.
After  Mawani  confirmed  the
employee status and work hours for
Milne and Orkar, Garrad issued
them pay advances, which covered
roughly 65 per cent of the pay owed
to both individuals.
"If people come in and say, 'I need
a cheque now—I can't wait until next
week,' our first response has to be we
need to pay everybody at the same
time,' said Garrad, who added that
because of Milne and Orkar's "very
dire need over the long weekend," he
issued them the pay advances.
"And our goal of course is to get
people their money," said Garrad.
UBC Payroll will be issuing the
remaining paycheques by today,
added Garrad.
Milne and Orkar spent several
hours on Friday afternoon dealing
with the situation
"Their system—I don't know how
it works but it just seemed really inefficient' lamented Milne.
But Garrad defended his department, saying that issuing paycheques
on time depends on other administration providing proper notification
of hiring and work hours.
"We're really the last link in the
chain," he said. ♦
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Landmines a bitter legacy
by Cynthia Lee
Nisha Sharma reminded herself
repeatedly last week that when she is
travelling to Bosnia-Herzegovina this
month, she has to be careful not to
walk, off any roads during her travels.
'I keep telling myself, 'Do not
step off the road3. Do not step on the
grass," said the recent UBC sociology graduate, who is one of five people making a two-week trip to the
landmine-ridden country.
Sharma left for Bosnia on
Monday to visit de-mining operations and to observe victim assistance and mine awareness programs
in Sarajevo, Tuzla, Bihac, and
"We take it for granted here.. We
walk wherever we want and we don't
have to worry about stepping on a
mine," said Sharma, who is traveling
on behalf of the Canadian Youth
Mine Action Ambassador Program, a
joint initiative of the Canadian
Departnient of Foreign Affairs,
Mines Action Canada and the
Canadian Red Cross.
Landmines are a legacy of the
civil war that plagued Bosnia during
the 1990s, which left an estimated
30,000 minefields in the country, of
which only 18,000 have been identified.
"The war was such that the front
lines moved back and forth quite
rapidly. And so you've got landmines
that are strewn all the way across
Bosnia,' said Allen Sens, a lecturer in
UBC's department of political science, who said that while main roads
have been de-mined, major problems still exist throughout the countryside.
Sens said he is aware of figures
that place roughly one to 1.5 million
landmines in Bosnia, but he added
that estimates vary widely as a result
of poor record-keeping during the
war and the' difficulty of estimating
the size and density of landmine
"Mines, of course, for the most
part are not visible, so until you actually go and search for them, dig them
up, or blow them up on site, you really don't have a good sense of the
numbers," explained Sens.
Since World War I, Sens said that
many countries have considered
landmines useful for defending fixed
sites, installations, fences and borders.
He added that while landmines
are particularly cost-effective
weapons—ranging from S15 to $200
to build—their use is also governed
by an international law stipulating
that any state deploying landmines
must mark minefields and keep
records of the location and number
of landmines.
Internal   civil  wars,   however,
BC alcohol laws
apply to UBC too
by Scott Bardsley
Campus groups may soon be forced
to tap their creative energies to come
up with new code words when they
advertise licensed events, thanks to a
recent revision of the university's
liquor policy.
According to UBC's recently
revised liquor policy, 'alcohol may
not be an inducement to attend and,
in promotion of the event, no indication may be made to the availability
of alcohol at the event, e.g.terms
such as Bzzr Garden, Wine and
Cheese, etc. are prohibited."
Byron Hender, executive coordinator in the vice-
president students office,
which coordinates the university's liquor policy, said that the
revisions only
'clarified the
process that was
already in
The policy outlines the requirements for obtaining a university-
issued liquor license and organising
licensed functions, as well as the
host's administrative and legal obligations.
The section of British Columbia's
Liquor Control and Licensing Act that
deals with special occasion licenses,
which organisers of beer gardens
obtain from the university, states that
'no person shall advertise or promote the special occasion by indicating that liquor will be sold or served.'
At issue is whether using "bzzr' is
interpreted as advertising alcohol.
BC's Liquor Control and Licensing
Act states that no one can post a sign
that 'names, represents, describes
or refers to liquor except as provided
by the regulations."
Hender said the changes to t|je
policy are required by law, and said
the policy changes are not that
'The University and the RCMP
are more concerned about people
over-consuming and getting sick or
doing some damage to themselves
or somebody else. Those are the
issues that I think we have to be concerned about'
Erfan Kazemi, the Alma Mater
Society's vice-president of university
affairs, called the change silly. "If s
just the changing of a name [and]
students will just come up with a
new code,' he said.
Kazemi said that he doesn't think
the new policy 'will change the
atmosphere or the culture [of UBC],
If it's not 'Bzzr' it's going to be called
something different" He noted that
the AMS will abide by the change
because the revised policy is
required by law.
Hugh Turner, the social coordinator for the Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS) , says
that people will still attend EUS
events, "We will just continue to
come up with different spellings of
beer," he joked.
The Science Undergraduate's
Society's social coordinator,
Katherine Scottoa thinks that the
change will make advertising functions difficult
"What are you going to advertise—just 'gardens?"
Kazemi expressed concern about
students who do not wish to be
involved in drinking will not have
any warning if an event will involve
alcohol until they are actually there,
a consideration that he does not
believe has been addressed.
But despite the change to the policy, Kazemi noted that neither the
university nor the RCMP, which
enforces BC's liquor policy, has
asked anyone to take down posters
with 'Bzzr' on them. ♦
involve the use of mines by sub-state
groups that do not observe these'
legal provisions, 'so what happens is
that they become a humanitarian
catastrophe around the world with
civilians the primary victims of landmines," said Sens,
This reality about landmines is
what compelled Sharma to become
involved with the cause.
"I was just horrified to learn that
every 22 minutes, someone somewhere in the world is killed by a landmine," lamented Sharma.
"People did not understand that
after conflicts are over, landmines
are left in the ground and they do not
hurt soldiers, they hurt civilians.
They hurt children."
Sharma added that these concerns about landmines are compounded by the difficulties enco'un-
tered in the humanitarian de-mining
process intended to allow civilians to
return to their communities after a
military conflict without fear.
'Humanitarian de-mining is a
very, very time-consuming, laborious, and dangerous work," she said.
The process involves one de-
miner crouching in a specific
marked-off area using a metal detector to search for mines. If the detector sounds, a second de-miner prods
the suspected area with a stick. A
mine will be detonated in the case
that it is found.
'In order to ensure that an area is
100 per cent safe for civilians to
return to it, de-miners have to go
over the ground inch by inch."
Public awareness of landmines
increased in 1997 with the signing
of the Ottawa Treaty, a 121-signatory
international treaty to ban land-
SHARMA: De-mining is time-consuming work, cynthia lee photo
According to Sharma, the treaty
has had an enormous impact on the
use of landmines around the world.
"There are fewer mine victims in
some of the most mine-affected countries. The number of countries producing [mines] has dropped dramatically. Trade of landmines has virtually
stopped around the world," she said.
Sens agreed that the Ottawa
Treaty is a notable achievement
because it set an international norm,
but he acknowledged the treaty's limitations.
Sens said that enforcing the
treaty, like most international laws,
is a serious issue. He named China,
Iraq, Iran, and Libya among the
countries that have not signed or ratified the landmines treaty and continue to export the weapons.
"If it's not observed, the treaty has
very little in it that can actually punish countries and then substate
actors who actually employ the
weapons," said Sens.
Sharma also said she hopes that
the movement to ban landmines
won't stop with the Ottawa Treaty.
"I don't want the landmine issue
to have been the past 'hot issueY"
said Sharma.
"This issue still needs to be kept
at the forefront because people are
still dying all over the world.' ♦
Transplant advance made
UBC profs make breakthrough in kidney procedures
 by Bettina Teodoro
Kidney donation in BC is about to bocome a more manageable experience, thanks to a new breakthrough
made by two UBC profHsot ?.
By the middle of next year, Maik Melocha and Mark
Nigra hope to offer living kidney donors a new extraction procedure that will dramatically reduce the rccov*
e«y time and the phvsi* a! and financial buidens associated with the surgery.
According to Meloche, an associate professor of surgery, the »t*\v procedure, failed laparoscopic nephrectomy-or minimally invasive surgery-will help to
"<UUv»t;t many people to be kidney donojs by offering
them an operation whkh will give them less down*
timn, Jess morbidity, less
pain, and faster recovery.'
Currently, living kidney
donors undergo open
nephrectomy, where an
eight to ten inch incision is
made along either the back
or the flank to remove the
While tho procedure is
safe, the reco\eiy piocess is
difficult. Donors usually
spend four to five days in the
hospital, and it is anywhere
from six to eight weeks
before, they can resume regular _(.livities.
Under the iiow laparoscopic piocedure, a series of
small iiiriftoiih am made on the «bd'..i'«p:i, into wh.ch
a laparoscope [a tiny camera attached to a tube) and
other small instruments are inserted.
The laparoscope projects images of tlie kidni=y area
cnto a srrot.n. Theso images enable surgeon--* to perform tho operation from outside the donor's body, 'ihe
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enough to extract Uw kidney.
"So instead of making a big, long incision in a
"So instead of making
a big, long incision in
a painful area, we can
make a fairly small
incision in a non-
painful area"
•^-Mark Maloche,
associate professor
VBC Surgery
painful area, we can make a fairly small incision in a .
non-painful area," explained Meloihe. f
Meloche said the laparoscopic procedure is as safe i
as the open method but less intrusive for the donor. ?
who spends only one to two days in the hospital and j
can iesume regular activities within two weeks. There f
is also significantly less scarring on tha operated area, j
According to SaUy Greenwood, communications I
nunager of the BC Transplant Society (BCTS). people !
who are recently deceased are the primary source for ?
organ donations. Due to improvements in general f
health, shu said, the number of potential donors is %
decreasing in BC. !
RuughJy one pit cent of all deaths produce potential *
organ donors, and only a percentage of that number is!
actually eligible for don3-1
tion. '
As a result, living people I
have become cand:._tes fi-r 1
organ donation. In 1999, \
139 kidney transplants wej e \
performed in BC, 67 from !
people who weru recently*
deceased and 72 from living i
But the r.i-.mber of people *
on the wfait-Hst for a kidney *
transplant in BC is nuch *
larger-iSO people wete listed as of Sep*.e:".be.- 52
Greenwood said *he *.och-
ni jue has not yut been ir.tjo-
duced in BC because a high safety standard must be '
met before it can be performed, and BC doctors are
still honing their skills.
Greenwood added that while BC doctors have been
using laparoscopy to remove diseased kidneys, it is
more difficult to remove a healthy kidney for transplant into another person's body.
the surgery is not currently offered in Canada, but •
it has been performed in certain hospitals in the
United States for the past three years. ♦ : 4     WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2000
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Chretien protested
Liberal party fundraiser provokes riotless protest
by Aiden S. Enns
Protesters set ablaze a Canadian
flag as they stood outside a
Vancouver hotel where Prime
Minister Jean Chretien was entertaining dinner guests at a fundrais-
ing event last Thursday night
Around 150 people—among
them students, women's groups
and Native youth—gathered outside
the four-star Westin Bayshore Hotel,
which hosted the $400-a-plate dinner which raised roughly $500,000
for the Liberal Party.
Unlike a similar protest dubbed
'the Riot at the Hyatt"-which was
held outside of a Liberal Party fundraiser at the Hyatt Hotel in 1998-
the demonstration took place without physical violence.
Garth Mullins, an organiser for
the Jean Chretien Welcoming
Committee—a coalition of groups
associated with the protest—stood
on the street 50 metres from the
hotel, which was cordoned-off with
police tape and fencing and guarded by at least 100 police officers
with barking dogs, mounted police,
idling motorcycles, patrol cars and
'We're here to build links. We're
here to build a movement. A globalisation of resistancel" Mullins
yelled into the glare of television
cameras and the chorus of tape
Mullins, a UBC doctoral student
in sociology, expressed concerns
that the government may be placing
the interests of corporations
before     citizens     through
Canada's involvement in free
Mullins said the coalition
would like Canada to halt further involvement in free
trade until it consults with
Canadians about the issue.
He called for the cancellation
of the Summit of the
Americas to be held in
■ Quebec City next April, At the
top of the Summit's agenda is
increasing trade liberalisation through the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA),
Towards the end of the
protest,     two    individuals
poured lighter fluid on a large
Canadian flag and set fire to the flag
with a cigarette lighter as media
cameras caught the image.
The biggest scuffle involved
unhappy demonstrators who were
IT WAS NO RIOT AT THE HYATT: When Prime Minister Jean
Chretien came to town last week he was greeted by approximately
150 protestors representing a multitude of different causes,
trying to listen to protest speeches
but were crowded out by members
of the media.
Vancouver Police Department
spokeswoman Anne Drennan said
the police prepared for the protest
with a 'full-operational plan."
She declined to provide the num-
"We're here to build
links. We're here to
build a movement. A
globalisation of
—Garth Mullins,
protest organiser
ber of police officers at the event,
but she did add, 'it's pretty fair to
say that there are more police and
media here than protesters."
Among the additional concerns
voiced by protesters were abortion
rights, the treatment of Native peoples, and the detainment of Chinese
refugees in Canada.
Christine, a UBC student, who is
a member of Medical Students for
Choice and is studying to be a doctor, said that she would like
Chretien to ensure that she, her
family, and her patients will
be safe 'when I do provide
[abortion] services in the
Referring to recent confrontations over fishing
rights in Burnt Church, New
Brunswick, several people
attending the protest said
they were showing their solidarity with the Native fishers.
In addition, Rita Wong, a
Simon Fraser University student, said she came to the
protest to demonstrate her
support for a number of
Chinese refugee women who
have been jailed in Prince
George. The women have
in prison for the past 14
months and began a hunger strike
on October 2.
'They're asking Canadians to
open their hearts and let them
stay," said Wong. ♦
Museum of Anthropology
curator passes away
UBC lost another of its great professors last week when
Majoiie Halpin, an associate professor of anthropology
and northwest-coast curator at the Museum of
Anthropology, passed away. *'*
■  Halpin, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of
63, had been with the museum since its inception.
Kersti Krug, who is in charge of
Research and Evaluation at the
museum, said that Halpin was passionate about northwest coast First
Nations art, and was very brilliant
"She had a mind that was just
outstanding. It was exciting to be
near her,  she was a fabulous
teacher...when she got rolling you
just stood back and marveled at her
capacity for language and her knowledge, She was quite an amazing woman."
'    Krug, who was formerly a graduate student of
Halpin. said that Halpin inspired her students and was
a very important part of the museum.
'She was the senior person. To lose her was to lose
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UBC plans celebration to
* - commemdrate^MicIxael Smith
While the exact details have yet to be determined, UBC
is planning to hold a celebration of the life of its former Nobel laureate, Michael Smilh.
Smith, who was a cancer
researcher and a UBC biochemistry
professor, passed away last
Wednesday after a two-year battle
with leukemia.
UBC's Manager of Ceremonies
and Events Eilis Courtney said she
is aiming for the last week in
October for a ceremony.
'Because of his profile we would
like to give people from the east some time so they can
make their way out here.'
Courtney says she hopes to have the details
resolved bv the end of this week. ♦
Eight found guilty in Elaho protests
by Christopher Bolster
BC Bureau Chief
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Environmen-
talists are condemning a BC
Supreme Court decision that found
eight people guilty of charges related
to logging protests in the Elaho Valley.
In September, after 43 days of
testimony 19 witnesses, and 15
videotapes. Justice Glen Parrett
found, eight people guilty of civil and
Criminal contempt of court
The 72-page transcript of the justice's decision was released last
Wednesday, sparking anger in the
environmental community.
"I found Justice Parrett's assertion that the environmental protesters were trying to get Interfor's
workers to overreact and beat them
up, to be particularly offensive and
distasteful," said Joe Foy, director of
the Western Canada Wilderness
In his judgment, Parrett said "the
thoughtful approach and dedication
of the protesters is, in my respectful
view, carefully orchestrated and calculated to frustrate and provoke
reactions from forestry workers for
the express purpose of using those
reactions against the forestry company and its workers."
Foy called these conclusions
'Such comments from the bench
would never be tolerated regarding
race or sexual assaults, They incite
disrespect for the courts."
Parrett convicted two people-
Dennis Porter and Rick McCallion—
of civil contempt of court The other
six-Barney Kearn, Christopher
Nolan, Christopher Keats, Reasha
Wolfe, Justine Paine and Betty
Krawczyk—were convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating a
BC Supreme Court injunction
against interfering with legal logging operations 170 kilometres
north of Vancouver.
Krawczyk and Kearn received
one-year sentences with no time off
for good behaviour.
"These sentences are more
severe than armed robbery or rape,"
says Bryce Gilroy-Scott of Friends of
the Elaho. "These one-year sentences without time off for good
behaviour, are really more like
three-year sentences."
Wolfe was sentenced to three
months, and Nolan and Paine to two
months, while Keats received, for
compassionate reasons, a suspended sentence with one-year probation McCallion and Porter will be
sentenced after an Appeals Court
fjase regarding earlier convictions of
Elaho protesters is heard.
Environmental groups have long
campaigned for the Elaho to be part
of a national park called the
Stoltmann Wilderness.
Vancouver-based International
Forest Products (Interfor) is licensed
by the provincial government to log
in the Elaho and had obtained several court injunctions to try to prevent protesters from interfering
with its work. This has not deterred
dozens of people from demonstrating their opposition
Police are permanently stationed
in the forest, which is also patrolled
by Interfor security guards. There
have been numerous arrests and
violent confrontations between loggers and protesters in the last two
years. y
Keith Rush, general manager of
Interfor's South Coast operations,
said that he was mildly surprised by
the severity of some of the sentences
handed down in September.
Rush said that due public process
had already taken, place during the
provincial government's land use
planning and protected areas
strategy, which led to the
Clendenning watershed being protected as a park. .
"The Clendenning watershed is a
huge area of trees far superior to
those in the Elaho. The groups still
disputing our work opted out of the
public process."
Rush said that he doubted
whether the jail terms would win
more public sympathy for the protesters.
"I think that the public wants
peace in the woods." ♦
Alliance Party platform attacked
by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Critics of the Canadian
Alliance claim that the party is ignoring recent
polls that suggest strong environmental initiatives could capture a few extra votes this fall.
The official opposition unveiled its new platform last night in anticipation of an upcoming
federal election, but there was little mention of
the environment
Angela Rickman, deputy director of the
Sierra Club of Canada, said that the Alliance
platform held no surprises, given that the party
is known for advocating tax reform and traditional conservative values.
"What do you expect from a guy who shows
up on a jet-ski?" she said of Alliance leader
Stockwell Day, who recently arrived at a press
conference wearing a wetsuit She said the
Alliance has never made the environment a priority.
Rickman added that the Sierra Club was
encouraging all parties to run campaigns with
strong environmental initiatives, especially
given recent reports showing that environmental concerns area priority to Canadian voters.
Rahim Jaffer, official environment critic for
the Alliance party, said that the small amount of
attention the platform gave the environment
was not a reflection of his party's commitment
to the environment
'We couldn't release a 100-page document
because people wouldn't read it," he said. "You
can get into these technical issues but to try to
explain them in a platform would be very
Jaffer said that the Alliance had. noted the
increase in public concern and was paying
more attention than ever to the environment
He added that he considered the Alliance's
stance on green issues to be on par with, or
even stronger than, that of other parties.
"I think that ultimately you're going to see
more pressure on all parties to consider the
environment as an important topic. Even the
Liberals, though they've talked a lot, really
haven't done a lot over the past seven years.
The government pays lip service and makes
some money available, but there's no innovation or vision' he said.
Stephan Legault, executive director for the
online environmental advocacy group
Wildcanada.net, gave credit to the Alliance for
mentioning endangered species, though he
said that the five paragraphs they devoted to
green policy were still weak.
"I'd be embarrassed to be a Liberal given
that the Alliance's ideas [regarding endangered
species legislation] are stronger than the
Liberals," he said. "But if this party wants to govern the country, they bloody well better put
their best effort forward on the environment
their first time out"
Still, Legault said he's doubtful that the
Alliance will ever be an environmental ally.
"I don't have any faith that if elected, this
party will have a strong commitment to the
environment, given their action in the house so
The Alliance platform is outlined in a document called "A Time For Change," and is intend
ed to woo voters away from the governing
Liberal party, who've said that they wilTrun a
campaign based on 'traditional Canadian
values." ,.'•'•.' *
The Alliance backed away from its controversial plan to implement a flat tax and promised more money for health care and debt
reduction It also said that it intends to cut funding to Human Resources, the CBC, and regional
development, while lowering corporate taxes.
There was no mention of post-secondary
education in the document, though the Alliance
said that Canadians "need to support programs
such as health care, education and benefits for
children and seniors."
The Alliance also committed itself to paying
down the federal debt to free up future funds
for health care, infrastructure and education,
and they vowed to end the "brain drain" of graduates by lowering federal taxes.
A Pollara study late last month found that 84
per cent of Canadians will consider the environment important when voting in the next
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Turf Birds in first place
,        by Tom Peacock
The UBC women's field hockey team
spent a frosty Thanksgiving in
Edmonton where it battled to first
place at the Canada West
Tournament #2.
In their first game against the
University of Calgary on Friday, the
defending CIAU champs were in top
form, crushing the Dinos 4-0.
Saturday was a different story,
however, as the Birds chalked up a
loss—their first of the regular season—at the hands of the home team
Pandas, 2-1.
"We dominated the game against
Alberta but we had some trouble finishing, and they scored two decent
goals on us," said sweeper Andria
In its final two games of the tournament against Manitoba and
Victoria, UBC found its game again
and posted two more wins, moving
to first place in the Canada West by
the the end of the tournament
For Shannon, the game against
UVic was the high point of the weekend. "They played a great game and
we did too. It was just so fun to play.
It was really spread out with lots of
passing. We played our style and we
played it really well. We did the
things that we wanted to do, and we
just kept putting balls in the net,"
she said.
The UBC team actually changed
its style this weekend in an effort to
make its attack more potent They
switched from a
two-four-three formation to a three-
three-three formation bringing
one of their four
midfielders up to
help the forwards.
T-Bird midfielder Jen
Dowdeswell said
the new pattern
worked well for
the team. "We
looked to see
what we have,
and we found that
what we used to
do doesn't work
anymore. We
have so many
good forwards so
we figured we
might as well put
one more up
UBC's wealth
of   strength   up
front showed clearly thi3 weekend
with goals posted by Mo O'Connor,
Wieske Van Zoest, Giovanna Piccone,
Stephanie Quinn, and Shannon
among others. There are no obvious
stars on this team, but Shannon
insists that's the reason they're so
"We play together, and we don't
rely on one or two particular players.
Everyone has to come out and do
their thing. Eveiyone played so well
i TY....1*
WHO WANTS IT? UBC rookie forward Stephanie
Quinn chases down the ball in Saturday's game
against U of A. photo courtesy the gateway
against UVic. Everyone put in 110
per cent effort, and that's why we
won," said Shannon
Canada West Tournament #3, the
final conference round robin, is in
two weeks in Vancouver. The one or
two top teams (depending on
whether UVic, who automatically
attend, places first or second) will
then head to Victoria for the CIAU
Championships in Victoria during
the first weekend in November. ♦>
Women's rugby rebuilding
 by Laura Blue
The women's varsity rugby team is three weeks into its
season and is starting to adjust to the loss of several
key players.
'We lost 12 of our varsity players last year so we
have a lot of new people that we need to fill in positions," said Sabrina Celms, who is currently in her fifth
year playing for UBC.
Head coach Heather Miller also feels that the loss of
12 players since last year has affected the team. "That
shows you how decimated we are, so we're really
beginning from scratch again. There's a few key players still here but we hai' a nice coherent group last year
and a lot of them have graduated."
But the team is not pessimistic. "I think we'll do
okay. We may not do as well as we did last year. [It's]
hard to say right now. Lots of good, good athletes have
come out and it's just a matter of getting them used to
how we do things at UBC and getting them worked into
Men's ice Hockey
Tits hockey Birds got a win and a,
tie out of their double-header
against Mount Royal College this
past weekend at Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre. The Birds
were 3-3-1 in the pre-season. They
start regular season play at home
next weekend with two games
against tlie Brandon Bobcats,
Check next Tuesday's paper for
game reports and a full season
Cross Country
The UBC cross country team was in
Salem, Oregon for the weekend
where they attended the
Willamette University invitational -
the largest meet in the Weatf m
United Stales with over 700
The men's team placed 10th
out of 40 tecuflu in the 8km event,
and the women's teairi managed
14Ui out of 3d teams in the 5km.
the team."
Eleanor Alesi, a returning second-year, also said, "I
totally think it's a building year...We lost a lot of vets
last year and we have a lot of work to do." But she
added, "I'm very optimistic about the future."
So far this season the team is 1-1 after beating UVIC
and losing to SFU.
The team will compete with the University of
Alberta and UVIC for tha Canada West Championships
on the last weekend of October in Victoria. The tournament, where the three teams face each other twice,
determines which team will compete at the CIAU
championships at Bishop's University, in Quebec, on
Nov. 2.
UBC was outmatched by the Pandas in last year's
Canada West championship. The Pandas went on to
win the CIAU championships.
The Birds next games are in Seattle against Portland
on Oct-14, and at UBC against Seattle at 11:30am,
Oct. 21. ♦
After thrashing tha Varsity'i
Blues 3-0, UBC went on to beat
Manitoba in the semifinals 3-L In -
the ~ gold-medal - match,   tha
University of Winnipeg Wesmen
Alumni ended the UBC wimting <
streak affcef five hard-fought set&
Birds Christine Bonish and Kaley
Boyd were named tournament all-
UBCs' best performers in the
women's event were posted by
Amy Higginbothara (76thJ and Mefl'S Vofeyba
Alexina Alexander (92nd)» Second-
year runner Byron Wood finished
21st and rookie Geoff Reid finished 31st in th« men's event
Next weekend, ihe UBC runn*rs
head to UVic fo* th« Vikes
Women's Volleyball . .
The bumpin' Birds flew to
Winnipeg last Friday for a 16-
garne tourn3inent.They won their
first two games which put th<jm in
the quarterfinals against die
University of Toronto.
The UBC men's volleyball team
enjoyed a road trip through La
Belle Province this past weekend
where they dropped three straight
matches against the University de
Montre"aL the University de
Sherbrooke,, and Laval.
Head coach Dale Ohman said
the road trip gave the team a
chance to work out s>fcme important tinoup changes over ins
weekend. Ihey were able lo give
Laval, tlie strongest Quebec team,
a good run for their money during
the last match of the weekend. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Clansmen no match for Thunder
by Tom Peacock
After losing to Alberta 23-12 at home two
weeks ago, there was due concern that the
Thunderbirds had lost too many players to
injuries, and that they didn't have either the
depth of players off the- bench or the experience to contend in the post-season.
But in Saskatchewan last weekend, UBC
rallied to beat the Huskies on their own field
for the first time since 1997. Then, on Friday
night, for the annual Shrum Bowl against SFU,
the Birds took the field with a will to win that
proved unstoppable.
And this was no one-man show—this was a
team effort The Birds showed that they have
plenty of depth off the bench, and that their
younger players are ready and able to step up.
"We played smart, we played as a team,
which we've been doing the last couple of
weeks and it's been great. Ever since
Alberta, we've been playing hard," said cor-
nerback Simon Quinto, who had an interception early in the game. The resulting
field goal put the Birds up 10-0 going into
the second quarter.
'We control our destiny right now," Jay
Prepchuk said Friday night after his first
Shrum Bowl victory as UBC's head coach.
Arguable perhaps, but there's no question that
the Thunderbirds were firmly in control during all four quarters of Friday's game.
UBC took to the field suitably wary of its
crosstown rivals. The defence, led by linebacker Chad Oatway who had eight tackles
during the game, had primed itself to shut
down the run at all costs.
The Clansmen, who compete in the NAIA,
play by American rules (four downs) so their
game relies more heavily on the run. Running
backs Marchi Gabriele and Mike Vilimek have
been the key ingredients in Clan games so far
this season. Luckily UBC's defensive coordinator Jerome Erdman knew this, and had
been working hard with his guys all week.
"Throughout the whole game, we got them
second and long, which we wanted to
do...They were throwing the ball up, and we
had some pretty good coverage," Quinto said.
Right from the word go, the SFU team
struggled to put together
anything remotely resembling an attack, and its
defence was scattered,
leaving UBC receivers
wide open downfield,
A UBC possession 10
minutes into the game
saw quarterback Shawn
Olson connect with Scott
Rintoul to put the Birds
within striking distance
of a first down in Clan
territory. Olson ran the
ball for the first down,
and then running back
Sean Dovre blazed 28
yards downfield for the
first major of the game.
Dovre, in his second
year playing for the Birds,
ran for 70 yards and two
touchdowns during the
game. And he wasn't the
only Bird capitalising on
this mid-season opportunity to step up.
Steve Carter, a young
halfback who laid two
huge sacks on Clan quarterback Steve Powell,
emphasised how important the game was for
all the younger players on the team.
"It was a big builder for our team. A lot of
the guys who haven't played a lot got in there,
and made some big plays. I think we can build
momentum on this," he explained.
One of the biggest passes of the game was
from back-up quarterback Rob Kenney to
third-year receiver Dan Lazarri for the Birds'
second major. The score, with only minutes to
go in the first half, was UBC 17^FU 0, and it
looked like the game might be a blow-out
Then, with less than a minute left in the
first half SFU capitalised on its first scoring
opportunity. Vilimek drove the Clan down-
field to make the score 17-7.
After the half, Prepchuk, perhaps sensing
the possibility of an SFU comeback, sent veteran quarterback Shawn Olson back into
FOCUS: UBC head coach Jay Prepchuk prepares its'offensive line for their next attack, tara westover photo
action. Olson, who saw more action in this
year's Shrum Bowl than in any of his previous
years, quickly brought the Birds back down-
The Clan regained possession momentarily, but was effectively shut down by the UBC
defense. With the score this close, UBC
allowed no chances. Five minutes into the
half, after Lazarri caught a 3 7-yard bomb from
Olson, Dovre ran in for his second touchdown. UBC was up 24-7.
though the Clan would go on to score three
more times in the second half, by that time
UBC had driven their score up to 41-the
point differential never really got close
enough to make Prepchuk and his team too
nervous. The game had effectively been decided in the first 10 minutes, when the Birds took
control both offensively and defensively, and
shot ahead by 17 points.
It was a toss-up over who would be named
game MVP: Dovre, who ran for 70 yards and
two touchdowns, or Lazzari. In the end,
Lazzari, who caught five passes for an incredible 182 yards and two touchdowns, got the
coveted award. One of his touchdowns came
after he caught a short screen pass from
Olson. Lazarri turned, broke out of the melee,
and blazed 83 yards downfield for the major.
"There was some good blocking there by
Iverson, Chamberlain and Beveridge," Lazarri
said modestly after the game. "They opened
up the seams for me, and I just took it and
tried to outrun."   -
Next Friday night UBC faces the University
of Manitoba Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium
in a battle for first place in the Canada West
Kick-off is at 7pm. ♦
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I renu'niber watching the psychedelic cojaSputeAgraphics in Tron
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on your PC. But now I've seefjthe
new wave of computer graphics\3D
In 1998, IMAX producers Steve
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call to computer animators around
the world for submissions that
would be adapted to the IMAX 3D
format. They narrowed the over 250
submissions down to eight selections based on several criteria: how
they looked, whether they could be
readily adapted for the 3D process,
and whether they were suitable for
the intended audience. The finalists
range from the familiar—like the 3D
sequence from the Simpsons-to the
obscure—Monkey Brain Sushi.
In order to give the film continu
ity, the producers created Phig
(voiced byjenna Elfman)—the sassy,
irreverent, animated host of
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on a tour of the facility and provides
some comic relief. There is also "a,
subplot involving some buggy software in the program—caused by a
trio of code munching Cyber
Critters—and Phig, who tries to stop
them before they crash the
The animation would be amazing in its own right, but in 3D, it's
spectacular. While all the segments
are exceptional, I did have several
favourites. In The Krakken, the
viewer plunges into a stunningly
detailed and rendered aquatic environment. The Pet Shop Boys'
Liberation, meanwhile, couldn't be
more different. This surreal piece is
a cross between a Dada exhibit, an
Escher diagram, and one of those
strange dreams you have after gust*
zling a twelve-pack of Jolt and studying for 36 hours straight Being a
Simpsons fanatic, I also enjoyed the
Horner^ sequence, which takes on a
new dimension on the big screerL^,
The movie is also beautifully scoredT
taking full advantage of the IMAX
3D surround sound system.
After reading through the 50
pages of production notes for the
fourth time, I realised that any in-
depth discussion of the technology
would put anyone but computer science grads to sleep. The basic animation sequences are standard
computer graphics translated for
stereoscopic viewing—two images
projected simultaneously to mimic
human vision. The Cyber Critters,
however, were created with
SANDDE, a revolutionary new technology (created by Intel and IMAX),
where animators don 3D goggles
and draw free hand. The end-result
is characters that resemble those in
traditional cell-style animation,
except that they also happen to be
I espejdally appreciated that
although th\film is fast-paced, I did
not get the same queasy feeling I did
at Alien Adventure and Counters in
the Third Dimension, two earlier
IMAX 3D films. "  _>*~
tm. not generally grveffto hyperbole^ but C^erwqffd 3Us immers-
mgejcperience inlands down the
b6st 3D movie I have ever seen.
Until next year, of course. ♦
-Greg Ursic
at PTC Festival House
* until Oct14
If your definition of great acting is Sylvester
Stallone spitting out cliches in formulaic action
movies loaded with special effects, graphic violence, and beautiful people, to compensate for his
crappy acting, thenyou need to be introduced to the
world of theatre.
You can start by watching Three by Three Solo
Performances—three original monologues performed by three accomplished Vancouver actors.
These outstanding plays capture the essence of real
acting by relying on the actors to convey human
truth without the addition of special effects, elaborate costumes and props, or a lavish set.
These plays have emotional depth, unlike most
of Hollywood's hackneyed scripts. At times humorous, mostly serious, and always engaging, these
three performances explore human tragedy and
suffering. They draw us into the world, of imaginary
characters so that we may live and learn through
In the first performance, "Love and DNA,' written byjaan Kolk (who has an MFA in creative writing from UBC), a distraught mother recounts the
events of a car crash involving her son and his
friend. While also ranting about the insensitivity of
the media and the police, she tells the story we
should hear-not the one-dimensional story of a
suspect guilty of a crime, but the three-dimensional
story of her son as a human being. The fluidity of
the monologue is apparent when actor Kim Seary
switches attitude, demeanor and voice, re-enacting
conversations with the constable, her son, and her
parents. She easily transjprms herself into her
lippy son by changingthemto nation and accent of
her voice and her bodylanguage.
In "The Walerfiead," written by Aaron
Bushkowjky*fa curren\UBC creative writing student), a/man recalls the birth of his stillborn sister.
The narration, full of evocative imagery and figurative language, creates a sense "of immediacy. Actor
Tom McBeath succeeds hi invoking his character's
imaginary world by changing the nuances of his
speech, performing a specific gesture/or moving
his eyes. He is so precise in his body language that
you can actually see the path of an imaginary fly
buzzing through the air, the picture of his stillborn'
sister, and the unsightly scene of him catching his
naked father on top of a mistress.
In "Brown Wasp," written by Meah Martin
(another graduate of UBC's MFA program), a middle-aged lady with breast cancer seeks refuge at a
spa in Saskatchewan. The story is mixed with
humour and pathos Actress Wendy Noel's histrionics and her overly loud hysterical voice reduce
her emotional range to constant melodramatic anxiety. However, there were stjlKmany moments
when she seemed to move thefUidience.
What enhances thege performances is the intimacy between theacfor and the audience. Unlike a
movie theatre, me intimate Festival House on
Granville Island allows the actors to interact with
the audience by posing rhetorical questions and
making direct eye contact Members of the audience feel like the actors' confidantes who are told
personal secrets and stories. ♦   Y   ~■*-
Flip to the future
Take off with Taiko drums
at the Vogue Theatre
Oct 5,2000 V- 4f •
In today's world of mass communication, and global
networks that span traditional boundaries,- it has
become customary to present cross-cultural events
in a way that is both exotic and familiar. This evening
of drumming to illustrate the change of seasons and
to ensure a good fishing season was just that-exotic,
yet strangely familiar.
The evening started with a lone figure striking the
largest drum on stage. From that crisp, clear boom,
the energy in the theatre began to grow, and didn't
die dowri until the the last note had been sounded.
The Sound and rhythm created by the drummers
from the small fishing town of Onagawa, Japan
seemed to take on its own mysterious form. From
abstract, it took form as a huge spinning, whirling
creature. It hurtled through the evening relentlessly,
refusing to miss a beat, yet moving with surprising
Katari Taiko—one of six taiko, groups in the
Vancouver area—split Onagawa's huge sound monster into three with a slightly jazzier performance.
Instead of the drums of various sizes alTmelting into
one sound, Katari's drums called and answered each
other using slightly different tones,
Both troupes did more than just, drum—they*
yelled, played flutes and rang bells, and wavgcTtheir
bachi (large wooden sticks) while drumming in unified movements. ,   .-""    ■- ,      \
And that was all in th> first half of the performance. After the intermission, they performed "a l^on
dance, complete with lion costumes and wooden
masks that had mouthes that would snap shut with a
loud clap. Near the end of the night "Haneko
Odori"-a festival song to dance and pray for family
health and happiness—was performed.
The members of the. troupe managed to cajole a
few of the audience members to get up and dance as
well. All nine of those who did seemed to be enjoying
themselves immensely. The. baby sitting in the
stroller in an aisle waved her hands in the air, wielding her rattle like a bachi and imitating the drummers on stage. ' , '   '     .,
From time to time during the performance, a
man and a woman would emerge from the side of
the stage. The woman would read a speech in
Japanese and the man would repeat what she said in:
English-all in the name of bringing a bit of Japanese
culture to the West. The audience, certainly found
this to their satisfaction, ending the evening with
cheers, whistling, and a standing ovation. ♦
- James Stansfield
fpTV-' - —
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
until Oct 14
It's the future. Mega-corporations rule the
world and" technology is akin to a religious
deity. Money, power, wealth, and greed permeate society.
Or at least they do in local playwright
David MacKa/s visiorj, of the futur.e. Put on
by Yorick Theatre-a Vancouver-based theatre society-Necropoli3 (which translates
as the 'land of the dead*) takes place, literally, inside a corporate tomb. The action
centres around the theme of humanity's
self-destruction, and envisions contemporary society taken to an extreme, where
everything is for sale, including people.
Although he's not working with the most
uplifting of topics, MacKay manages to create a satirical play in which humanity's
uneasy relationship with money and the
free market is explored. It's too bad that in
order to create Necropolis, MacKay decided
to approach the subject in a way that would
have worked better as a cartoon. As a
result. Necropolis feels more like a two-
dimensional television world than a three-
dimensional theatrical one. The acting, the
costuming, the jokes, and the plot are the
simplistic kind that one would expect to see
in a television sitcom.
For example, with a mixture of characters ranging from a pompous and overbearing CEO to a socialist bike courier, the
play cannot help but rely" heavily upon
stereotypes and a ridiculous plot. The
drama unfolds against the looming backdrop of the megalithie World Tech corporation, which feels suspiciously like Spacely's
Space Sprockets from Thejetsons. la fact,
the irate CEO of World Tech, Chuck Firefly
II, puts on a performance similar; to that of
Mr. Spacely Sprocket himself.
Although the plot is a predictable story
of money, technology and corruption, there
are a few unexpected twists and turns, and
the initial premise of the play is original.
But not suprisingly, the conclusion that theatre-goers will reach is that humanity is
more important than money. In fact, nothing was all that surprising about
Although the storyline i3 flat, the characters are conventional, and the dialogue is :
humdrum. Necropolis does have some
redeeming qualities. Staged at the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre, a remarkably cozy theatre divided into two sections-floor and balcony-the set immediately draws in the audience. A giant pyramid, inscribed with symbols such as a nonsmoking sign and a pharaoh in a business
suit, sits in the center of the stage
Electronic music plays as the audience
enters. The result is an absorbing blend of
the contemporary and the classic. In addition, since Necropolis was written by a
local playwright, Vancouver in-jokes about
well-known people, local landmarks, and
{of course) the rain, amuse the audience
The Yorick theatre company achieved its
goal of getting the audience to turn off the
TV and come see a play. And presumably
this was no easy task, since MacKay says
that technology has an evil hold over the
minds of everyone.
Despite the limitations of the plot and
characters, it was an enjoyable play, allowing for time to reflect upon the evils of capitalism and laugh at amusing Vancouver
references. As light satire. Necropolis
appeals to the socialist, anti-technological
self in all of us. ♦
- Diana Stech=, This student isj^}^\i^^M^
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Finding God
by Deepak Chopra
Harmony Books .
With all the self-help books on the market these days, I suppose it takes
something special to attract attention. The ambitious premise of Deepak
Chopra's How to Know God certainly does that.
Deepak definitely had his hands full with me—a confirmed agnostic.
Like many people, I've always thought the existence of God to be unknowable. At the same time, there have been moments when I felt something
was missing from my fife.
In this book, Chopra's logical approach to spirituality makes it much easier for sceptics such as myself to read on. Chopra talks about a 'Reality
Sandwich* where the lower slice of bread represents the material world,
the middle portion of the sandwich represents the transition zone (where
miracles occur and where God's energy can be felt), and, finally, the top
slice of bread represents God (I doubt this is what Allen Ginsberg had in
The many examples Chopra cites in the book really helped
me to see God in a new way. He also uses the Reality Sand'Mr h
concept to explain physics—the lower slice represents tlie
material reality, the middle portion of the sandwich represents the quantum reality, and top piece is the virtual reality. In another chapter, Chopra discusses what he calls tlie
'Seven Responses of the Human Brain and the Seven
Levels of Fulfillment, which measure how one sees God
Level One means that you see God as a, parent, while
Level Seven means that achieving unity with God is God
A lot of what Chopra says makes sense, and the transition zone of the Reality Sandwich concept certainly
makes God seem more real. How to Know God offers
a unique and successful blend of spirituality and science that will satisfy atheists, agnostics, and reh- /,
gjous people alike. ♦ *
-Tom Abbott
The Rest of the Fest
played  at  the   Vancouver  International
Film Festival
"The past is a foreign country," says the narrator of Fleeting Passage to the Orient, an
Austrian film framed around the Egyptian
travels of the Empress Elizabeth.
The movie opens with a blurry view from a
train window of snow-covered land. The movement of the train is brought abruptly to a halt
in the next frame as the camera follows the
lulling waves of a boat A hand moves into
view holding the black-and-white photo of a
proud woman.
Filmmaker Ruth Beckermann recounts the
story of Elizabeth's travels through Egypt in
the 1880's. The documentary follows the
empress' path from modern-day Cairo to
Beckermann's film juxtaposes the historical and the modern, a3 it explores the diversity of Egypt—a man smoking a cigarette on a
hot dry day, the streets full of modernity but
showing cracks of history, and the shifting
desert sands. The viewer gains a sense of contradiction and harmony simultaneously in the
conflicting images.
The female narrator's somewhat dissonant
voice distances the audience from what is on
the screen. As she speaks of Elizabeth's hopes
and desires, and her character as perceived by
the dignitaries she met on. her journey, the
audience is engaged in an exchange with a
group of aggressive spice sellers.
Though it is difficult to listen to the story
and participate in what is going on onscreen,
sometimes the dissonance seems to work—as
she describes Elizabeth's loneliness, and
details her death, the camera pans across a
palace whose former splendour was evident
in the desolate, empty room3 and bare chandeliers.
The lens i3 always moving, probing, to the
point where the images become mottled and
begin to run into each other. Similarly, the
ideas also begin to bleed into each other.
While a kind of interaction is established, the
viewer leaves feehng dazed and less clear of
the film's exact message.
But despite this feeling of alienation, there
is a vague sense of being enlightened.
Although not exactly a riveting film. Fleeting
Passage to the Orient does present some interesting points—about travel, ~ the connection
between the past and the present, and the
sense of alienation and belonging in a foreign
An air of myth and mystery pervades the
final scene, and the audience, too, after seeing
through Beckermann's lens, feels as if the past
is a foreign country—not necessarily to be
liked, but to be explored as a map of
ourselves. ♦
-Jennifer Chen
played  at  the   Vancouver International
Film Festival
Directed by Jahnu Barua, ...And the River
Flows is a lyrical tale that follows the life of
Pokhi, an orphaned girl who lives with her
aunt and uncle in the village of Assam in
northeast India.
Living^in striking poverty, Pokhi has to be
pulled out of school to help
her aunt out at home. She
also spends countless
hours at the river that
flows by her village, either
napping or just thinking.
At one point she nurses a
wounded bird back to
health and lets it free once
it is better.
Although Pokhi is the central figure, the
film revolves around the character of
Dayananda, the unpopular shopkeeper and
money-lender who charges a 70 per cent interest rate. His wife, Aita, is a gentle, caring lady
loved by all, especially Pokhi When Pokhi's
aunt and uncle decide to move to the city, Aita
is more than happy to adopt Pokhi. Pokhi
becomes even more attached to her once they
decide to reform the old man of his greedy
habits, but Pokhi becomes devastated when
Aita suddenly dies and is left alone with
Even worse, Dayananda gets caught up in
superstitions, calling Pokhi a witch who is
bringing bad luck to his household. Pokhi's
world is shattered as she tries to find answers
in her life. However, she manages to open the
old man's eyes as he realises his faults and
accepts her. In the touching last scene Pokhi
succeeds in changing this man.
This moral story shows innocence of life
through a little girl's eyes, while teaching an
old man a lesson in life. Though hoping it
wOuld be a little more dramatic, this film
shows Barua's artistic talent in this powerful
tale which leaves the audience thinking about
achieving simplicity rather than complexity in
their lives. ♦
-Parm Johal
played at the Vancouver International
Film Festival
"We are one of the best bands in the world.
Most bands are awful." So say the Nihilist
Spasm Band.
Based on the story of a noise band from
London, Ontario, What About Me: The Rise
of the Nihilist Spasm Band documents the
group'3 meteoric ascension from Canadian
obscurity to international unknown. After
3 S years of bringing noise to the world, a
documentary about the band that believes
in nothing ('Nothing is Forever") seems
well deserved.
Indeed, the band has had quite a past.
Starting back in the '60s, the band has
made many of its own
instruments (hence the
"spasm"). They are known
as pioneers of noise music,
a genre that has now. spread
all over the world, becoming, and is especially popular in Japan where the
Nihilist Spasm Band are
regarded as gods.
The Nihilist Spasm Band's doctrine of
noise and louder noise is meant to question
music and order in general. However, this
does not mean they are all serious artistes.
The main element to the band and this subsequent rockumentary is humour. Many
times, Art tends to take itself too seriously.
However, with What About Me, Zev Asher
and the Nihilist Spasm Band are able to successfully overcome this folly. Having sat in
front of two of the band members at the
film's screening and listening to them cackle through the whole thing, I can truthfully
say this documentary has successfully portrayed the band and its ideas.
What at first appeared to be a serious
documentary about one of music'3 dour
subgenres turned out to be a very entertaining film about a hilarious band. All hail the
"Uncles of Punk Rock." ♦
-Jessica-Ann Dozot's
played at the Vancouver International
Film Festival
In beautiful orangey-brown 1970s tech-
nicolour, Munich advertises that its 1972
Olympics will be everything the 1938
Berlin Olympics was not, promising lax
security, no political platforms, and a per^
vading serenity. "Wilikommenl* flashes a
bubbly sign against a background of jovial
beer sloshers.
But Kevin MacDonald's Oscar-winning
documentary is anything but serene 30
minutes later—Black September, the terrorist group that held 11 Israeli athletes
hostage at the Munich Games before killing
them in a panic spurred by an inept rescue
attempt. Good intentions, it seems, paved,a
twisted road to hell.
MacDonald's film is a study in effective
contrast. Using interviews and archival
footage, he juxtaposes the supposed best
and worst of humanity with incredible
impact and clarity. He uses Olympic
footage, capturing the fluid gracefulness of
track and field athletes before switching to
the clumsiness of both police and captors.
He shows the sunbathers who lie less
than a block away from the hostages, the
carnival-like atmosphere of the huge crowds
that congregated there later, and the games
. that continued for the sake of appearances.
A more subtle contrast appears in the
lighting choice for the individual interviews. The people connected with the ill-
fated rescue mission are framed against a
background of pale, cold blue. Family members of athletes are filmed against vivid
splashes of colour. Aljayed, the one surviving member of Black September is filmed
against shady blue, with shadows, partly to
obscure his identity.
Despite MacDonald's incredible work
and research for this documentary, it is
Anke Spitzer, the wife of a murdered fencing coach, who makes the film powerful,
bringing to it compassion and rawness. She
deftly side-steps fatalism, even when talking
about the day she said goodbye to her husband, how he missed the train that would
take him to Munich and the hostages, and
how she remembers running alongside the
Most poignantly, Spitzer tells of her husband's pride upon entering the stadium of a
country that, 30 years before, was home to.a
man who wanted all Jews eradicated. Her
memories of her young marriage, which
she calls 'the best time of my life," are what
make One Day in September work. Spitzer
provides balance with a grief that humanises the tragedy. A humanity that is so often
lacking in documentary representations Of
facts and numbers. ♦
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Hostage brain coming to SUB Oct 10 & 11.
The reports are in and the situation is definitely grim. Canada's post-secondary education system needs funding.
The fc^lkl ,your student society, is a member of the Canadian-Alliance of Student Associations. ^v* Together, we represent your interests to the Federal Government.
Last year, with our Education Builds a Nation campaign, fesO we were successful in lobbying the federal government to:
♦  contribute more money to provinces for post-secondary education
+   increase the tax exemption on scholarships and bursaries.
BUT there's still a long way to go. This year, we are asking the Feds to: Reinvest in Education
How will they do this? - you ask.
RELIEVE STUDENT DEBT- By reducing interest rates on student loans and making loan payments tax-deductible.
RESTORE EDUCATION FUNDING-The Federal Liberals cut their spending on post-secondary training by over $7 billion in 1995. Recently they announced plans to reinvest $22 billion over 5 years into the health care system. We need to ensure education gets its share!
REBUILD SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE: Like many other campuses, UBC has deferred hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs to its facilities. This means that many
students are taking classes in buildings designed for temporary use. We're asking the government for targeted funding to restore campus infrastructure.
VISIT the HOSTAGE BRAIN IN THE SUB - OCT. 10 & 11 The hostage what? That's right, the Hostage Brain. Find out why this brain cannot get into university in Canada,
and is being held hostage by the Liberal government. Mark Kissell, National Director of CASA, will be here with this caged wonder to answer your questions.
SIGN a postcard to your local MP, available on the SUB concourse all week,October 10-13 . E^Il
EDUCATION: It's Time to Reinvest
For more info contact:
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or visit www.casa.ca
Seeking Students for the AMS Elections Committee
The AMS is seeking highly organized individuals to coordinate the
administrative details concerning the following elections to be held this
AMS Executive, UBC Board of Governors, Senate and
Ubyssey Publications Society Board of Directors
Duties include:
♦ Implementation of Electoral Organization
♦ Assisting the Elections Administrator with coordination of elections
♦ A time commitment of 3 hours per week in October, November,
February and March and an average of 10-15 hours per week during
The successful candidate:
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to thrive under pressure.
♦ Must not hold any elected or appointed positions within the AMS or
♦ Will receive $500 - $1200 for a one-year term
Those interested in this exciting opportunity should submit a resume, no later
than October 10, 2000 to:
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No telephone enquiries please.
AMS/GSS Health Plan
Apply (or a bursary to cover your health plan costs.
Visit WWW.BSS.llllC.Ca/liealtll for details.
AMS Mini-School Coordinator
The AMS is seeking an energetic student with strong communication and
organizational skills to fill the position of Coordinator of AMS Mini-School.
A new initiative of the AMS President's office, the Mini-School program will
consist of evening "classes" held during term two in the Student Union Building.
These affordable courses will cover topics such as first aid, bartending, massage
and cooking.
The successful applicant will be a creative self-starter, familiar with campus life.
Working under the supervision of the AMS President, the coordinator is
expected to commit 10-15 hours per week from October 23, 2000 - April 2001.
The Mini School Coordinator will:
♦ organize and finalize the course schedule
♦ prepare a budget for the program
♦ select instructors for the courses
♦ handle sign-up for the courses
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♦ promote the program
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Please address applications, no later than October 16, 2000 to:
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Denys Arcand turns
Stardom into success
by Aisha Jamal
played at the Vancouver
International Film Festival
opens everywhere Oct 27
Andy Warhol once said that in the future
everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.
Denys Arcand's new film Stardom looks
at those 15 minutes for a beautiful young
The film follows the young Tina
Menzhal (Jessica Pare) from small-town
girl to world fame after a local photographer spots her at a hockey practice.
Tina's career as a supermodel on the
runways of Paris and New York is caught
by hundreds of different TV cameras.
Tina appears on talk shows and commercials, and at opening galas and photo
Along the way, she also becomes the
subject of a documentaiy filmed by
Bruce Taylor (Robert LePage). With her
increasing stardom, the media taps into
her private life and leaves not a single
aspect of her life unexplored.
Tina's father, who abandoned Tina's
family years ago, appears on a talk show.
Private bedroom footage of Tina and ex-
boyfriend photographer Philippe
(Charles Berling) gets its own art gallery
opening. And her dope-addicted friend
Toni (Camilla Rutherford), a former top-
model herself, vents her jealousies on a
Jerry Springer-like talk-show.
Tina also begins several self-destruc
tive relationships with men who are all
old enough to be her father. None of
these escapes the media's attention. At
the end of the twohour film, you feel like
you've just watched a year's worth of
trash TV, which seems to be what the film
attempts to do.
Although Stardom first appears to be
a superficial film about a superficial
topic, it actually plays out on a deeper
Stardom i3 a thoughtful comment on
our fame-obsessed culture. It asks, "Why
do we know so much about the lives of
Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss?*
Stardom draws our attention to the
power of beauty, and the even-stronger
power of the media.
Arcand projects his own image as a
filmmaker onto the character of Bruce
Taylor, whose documentary tries to get at
the real Tina Menzhal. But this is where
the film starts to weaken. Throughout the
film, only Bruce gives Tina the chance to
express herself. She is either cut off in
mid-sentence or she is asked highly
superficial questions, which never allows
Tina's character to develop.
But Arcand makes a strong statement
about us—the viewer. The audience complies with the authority of the media, participating willingly to establish, raise and
nurture a star, only to abandon that very
same person soon afterwards. ♦
-Aisha Jamal
The name Denys Arcand may
mean nothing to most people, but
to film buffs the name is synonymous with great Canadian filmmaking (and, yes, such a thing
does exist).
His two most acclaimed films,
JSsus de Montreal and Le D4clin
de l'empire amSricain, were
nominated for Academy Awards
for Best Foreign Language Film.
J6sus won the Prix du Jury and Le
DSclin won the Fipresci award at
the Cannes International Film
Arcand's latest film. Stardom.
a provocative film about our
fame-obsessed culture, not only
played at this year's closing gala
at Cannes, but also at this year's
anniversary gala at the
Vancouver International Film
Arcand's love for film developed when he was young. "I went
to the theatres six days a week
when I was younger,' he says. "I
saw absolutely everything, from
Kurosawa to Bergman and
But Arcand never thought
he'd be a director. "I studied history at university in Montreal/
Arcand explains. "I was into theatre and I was considered a good
actor and acting coach. The film
guys would bring me in to work
with the actors, to coach them. I
wasn't interested in cameras."
However, Arcand ended up
working.as a documentary filmmaker in the '60s. "I made documentaries for ten years before
making a feature," he says.
"Everyone was surprised when
they saw the film, and asked,
'You made that?"
Since then, Arcand has been
making both feature films and
documentaries, calling himself
one of the lucky ones to be making films at all. "Filmmaking is a
fascinating job. I wouldn't trade
' it for anything," he says.
"Each film is like a PhD thesis.
It's engulfing and you immerse
yourself in something you are
passionate about for four years.
Where else can you do this
Arcand took seven years to
release his latest film. Stardom.
Arcand admits to being a very
slow writer and a very detailed
researcher. "I knew I was going
to make a film about a beautiful
girl 15 years ago.' Arcand
"I say in the film that a pretty
girl is a subspecies of the human
race. I started with this idea and
I started to fill notebooks and
files. I did specific research for a
year and a half. I wrote a first
draft of about 500 pages and I
obviously had to cut it down."
Stardom is the first English-
speaking film he ha3 written. "I
knew it would be an expensive
film because I wanted to shoot in
Paris, London, and New York.
These places are not cheap and I
can't just shoot them in my backyard. I needed to show some of
the places. I knew I needed more
than Quebec could give me.
Quebec money is $4 million and
I definitely needed more."
So, Arcand sought the higher
budget and studio backing of
Alliance-Atlantis. This also meant
some sacrifices.
"I was given a list of actors. I
couldn't just take any guy off the
street, which I usually do," he
explains. "So I said okay, Dan
Akroyd is fine, Frank Langella is
okay. The actors I chose had to be
on that list It was a lot more
pressure than I am used to."
Since the film was his first feature in seven years, there was
considerable pressure for him to
"Right now, everyone is happy
with me. When we came out of
Cannes, everyone was happy to
see me. They were approaching
me and asking, 'Do you have
another project? Come talk to
me.' Because Stardom sells."
The film has been sold to all
major world markets and is
scheduled to be released across
Canada on October 2 7. Stardom,
however, has been receiving
mixed reviews.
'It's not a raging success like
Jesus of Montreal where everyone who saw it said it was a masterpiece," he says.
"This film is a lot more controversial. A lot of people hate it,
especially writers. With this film
there is no middle ground. Either
people say it's a piece a shit from
the first frame to the last, or people love it"
Nevertheless, Arcand is
proud of his film. "I try to make
films I would see, that I would
find interesting," he says, "In
those terms, Stardom is a success.* ♦
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Fernie Pereira
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Daiiah Merzaban worked tirelessly to hold back the eviL
Nicholas Bradley helped by boarding up the doors and
Tom Peagock mumbled prayers to several different
gods, keeping his options open. Alei Dimson was optimistic that the evil wouldn't be that bad Tara Westover
had faced it last year and had emerged with only slight
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and Aiden Enns were so brazen as to open a portal
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Still too soon to expect Balkan peace
When the people of Serbia took to
the streets to prevent Slobodan
Milosevic from stealing last
month's Yugoslavian presidential
election, they took a stand against
autocracy. They may also have
marked an end to a decade marked
by turmoil and isolation in the
But though it might look like a
democratic state is emerging out of
a former dictatorship, Yugoslavia,
and president-elect Vojislav
Kostunica, still have a long way to
go before the region can claim
peace and stability. The Yugoslav
economy, for example, is in shambles from years of economic sanctions and isolationist policies, and
the decade-long civil war that crippled the region. As well, Serbian
nationalism will outlast its current
figurehead, and continue to shape
relationships between the neighbouring republics.
In some respects, things are
looking up. Canada has lifted a ban
on investment in and exports to
Yugoslavia, and the EU lifted its oil
embargo. This weekend's resignation of top Yugoslav officials aligned
with Milosevic, including the former prime minister and the
region's most powerful police chief,
has fuelled the burgeoning democracy movement
Kostunica, meanwhile, will be
holding a national ballot in
December to loosen the grip of
Milosevic supporters in the Serbian
The democratic movement clearly favours these changes, but it isn't
strong enough yet to break down
years of entrenched cultural hostilities. The uprising that toppled the
Milosevic regime did not miraculously erase the divisions plaguing
the region.
It is unlikely that Kostunica, a
Serb nationalist who bitterly
opposed NATO intervention in
Kosovo, and who believes that the
republic   of   Montenegro   must
remain part of the Yugoslav federation, will bring lasting peace to the
Kostunica said this week that the
unity of the Yugoslav federation is
crucial, vowing never to surrender
Kosovo or allow the secession of
Montenegro. Yet he also says that he
is willing to negotiate with the leaders of these regions.
So far, the Serbian democratic
movement has shown the will of the
Serbian people. But what about the
ethnic Albanians and the
Montenegrans who also make up
Over the weekend, fears of inter-
communal violence in Kosovo
increased. Ethnic Albanians in the
province have sensed the weakness
in the Serbian leadership. The leaders of Kosovo's two largest political
parties have already refused open
dialogue with Kostunica. They will
likely capitalise on this period of
instability to claim their independence.
Montenegran leaders, meanwhile, still do not recognise
Kostunica as the new president,
instead calling him a representative
of Serbian politics.
This weekend, the Kostunica government began efforts to puncture
the image of Milosevic as the leader
of the Serbian people. A documentary was aired showing less aspects
of Milosevic's re'gime never before
broadcast in Serbia—including the
shelling of Dubrovnik, the emaciated inmates of Bosnian detention
camps, snipers picking off citizens
of Sarajevo, and the mass graves of
Kosovar Albanians, effective, but it
may also incite new ethnic tensions.
Yugoslavia's history virtually
ensures that the new democracy
will be far from perfect But at least
without Milosevic in the way, the
hatred between neighbouring states
will have a chance to subside, and,
with a little cooperation and
accommodation, maybe even be
supplanted. ♦
A lesson in
advertising ethics
. On the back cover of last week's
issue of the Ubyssey, a young
woman gives a 'lesson in style' in
relationships with a knowing look
and the text "no one remembers
how you arrive. It's how you leave."
Ironically, the same might be said
for this advertisement No one
noticed when it arrived but it
needs to leave immediately, with
as much fanfare as possible.
This is an illegal ad for a prescription drug—a birth control pill.
I and other students and faculty
members at UBC have asked the
Ubyssey to pull the ad. Fernie
Pereira, the Ubysse/s business
manager, contacted the agency
involved, Anderson Advertising,
who assured him the ad was
approved by Advertising Standards
This is very odd. Advertising
Standards Canada oversees advertising of over-the-counter drugs-
medicines you can buy directly
from a drugstore without a doctor's prescription. They don't have
the mandate to oversee prescription drug advertising, because prescription drug advertising to the
public is not allowed in Canada.
Like all industrialised countries
except the United States and New
Zealand, Canada forbids prescription drug advertising to the public
for safety reasons. If a medicine is
considered hazardous enough to
be sold only with a doctor's prescription, companies are not.
allowed to promote it to the public.
By definition, advertising aims
to sell a product It cannot deliver
impartial or balanced information.
Birth control information is great
to have. An ad that shouts at you,
"buy this product and be cool" i3
not birth control information.
It doesn't tell you how this pill
compares to other birth control
pills in effectiveness, safety, everyday side-effects or cost (Yes, it's
one of the most expensive pills on
the market) It doesn't tell you how
the birth control pill compares to
other methods or help you to sort
out what method best meets your
need to protect yourself both
against pregnancy and STDs,
including HIV/AIDS.
Canada's Food and Drugs Act
allows one small exception to the
general ban on advertising prescription drugs directly to the public, section CO 1.044 of the regulations: -
"Where a person advertises to
the general public a Schedule F
[prescription-only] drug, the person shall not make any representation other than with respect to the
brand name, proper name, common name, price and quantity of
the drug."
This is a very limited exception,
introduced in 1978 so pharmacists
could post drug prices, Does the
Alesse ad contain representations
'other than" name, price and
quantity? The Alesse ad has:
- an image of a young woman;
- emotive advertising text;
- an image of the 21-day birth control pill blister pack;
- a suggestion to "ask your doctor."
These are all representations
other than name, price and
Wyeth-Ayerst is a US-based company. Should it be flouting both the
spirit and the letter of Canadian
law? Should it be targeting a vulnerable group, young women, who
are seeking birth control for the
first time and may easily find comparative information on price or
quality of the various products
I work with a national coalition
of women's health groups, the
Working Group on Women and
Health Protection. We wrote to
Allan Rock in May, asking Health
Canada to pull these ads when they
first appeared on MuchMusic.
Health Canada has been slow to
enforce the law. In September we
received a letter back saying they
"will investigate the information
[we] have provided." Meanwhile
the advertising campaign continues.
As UBC students, faculty and
employees, we need to send a
strong message to Health Canada
to enforce the law. We need to let
Wyeth-Ayerst and other drug con>.
panie3 know that if they are operating in Canada, they should
respect Canada's laws, and that
illegal advertising of prescription
drugs will not be tolerated. Most
importantly, our student newspaper shduld not be running the ads.
—Barbara Mintzes
PhD student
Department of Health Care
and Epidemiology
The Alesse advertising message
is not illegal. Following standard
process, Wyeth-Ayerst and Anderson
Advertising submitted the ads for
pre-clearance to Advertising
Standards Canada, which, along with
the Pharmaceutical Advertising
Advisory Board, has been delegated
the temporary role by the Health
Protection Branch of Health Canada
of providing advice to marketers on
consumer ads for prescription
The advertising is in compliance with Advertising Standards
Canada, and the Commissioner at
the Pharmaceutical Advertising
Advisory Board is quoted in a current issue of Marketing Magazine
as saying "...they met the requirements of the law."
Health Canada is currently
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and lend the support of its member
schools to Newscorp's subsidiary,
TSL Education, a United-Kingdom-
based education publisher, which
would design and administer the
The for-profit nature of the
alliance has some people questioning the necessity of Universitas'
approach to online education.
Zaenker said that online education should never replace a traditional four-year degree.
. 'A lot of what one gains from
post-secondary education i3 the contact between your professor and students and the collegial atmosphere
in which learning takes place," she
said. 'I think online learning can in
no way replicate that environment"
But Robinson defended the move,
explaining that traditional universities such as UBC are now facing
increasing demand for online education.
"There are a lot of people who
don't want to spend four years going
to a traditional brick-and-mortar
school and [traditional universities]
might not have the capacity to provide people with alternative service,"
he said. "I think if s necessary for
universities to adapt, and quickly."
Robinson said that such companies as Newscorp have more experience with the online marketplace
than do universities, and could help
the schools compete in an area
where they normally "would not
have the muscle."
UBC's Universitas 21 liason
Michael Goldberg further stated that
Universitas 21 helps increase its
member universities' leverage in
the global marketplace.
'Our partnership with
Universitas 21 allows us to experiment in areas where we may not be
able to focus our attention normally," said Goldberg.
But according to William Koty,
the director of Internet studies at
UBC's Continuing Studies branch,
the demand for online education is
still unclear.
He said that while some industry experts estimate the market for
online learning i3 substantial at billions of dollars per year, 'a lot of
the online e-commerce companies
also believe there i3 going to be this
huge market of consumers and
obviously it hasn't materialised.
With online education, it could be
the same way."
In the case that there is a market
for this type of education, Koty said,
"I would say the university is
morally responsible to help fulfill
that demand."
McGill University and the
University of Toronto are the two
other Canadian participants in
Universitas 21, which was formed
in 1997 with the intention of pursuing "agendas that would be
beyond [the universities'] individual capacities." ♦
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